Mateship and coming-of-age are prevalent themes in Australian cinema and eloquently realised in Simon Baker’s adaptation of Tim Winton’s novel, Breath.
It’s an impressive directorial debut for Baker, who also co-wrote the screenplay and plays the character that will have a profound impact on the story’s teenaged protagonists, Pikelet (Samson Coulter) and Loonie (Ben Spence). Set in a remote location on the Western Australian coast during the ’70s, Breath (like Puberty Blues, to a degree) interweaves surfing, sexual awakening, and the propensity for risk that comes with adolescence. Leisurely told in a minimalist style, the film is as lyrical as Winton’s prose and evocatively captures a sense of place that’s quintessentially Australian. It’s also a sensory experience; you can almost smell the sea and taste the salt.
Release Date: 1 August 2018
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Simon Baker, Samson Coulter, Ben Spence